While the Electronic Frontier Foundation attacks the terrorist monitoring program in lawsuit over vague allegations of domestic spying, Americans are much freer during this war than they were during WWII.
Fort Worth, TX (WiredPRNews.com)—Acting under the guise of Internet rights, the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a lawsuit against the Bush administration over non-specific allegations domestic spying of millions of Americans, according to a September 18, 2008 Yahoo.com news article by Glenn Chapman.
In legal circles, a suit with vague allegations like this is called a ‘fishing expedition’ because the obvious intent is to catch information that could be incriminating to the defendant. The suit also shows the pre-9/11 thinking that allowed the 2001 terrorist attacks to happen.
While there’s been a great deal of talk about the supposed loss of rights because of terrorist surveillance programs, those attacking the federal government’s actions to prevent terrorist attacks have yet to come up with one verifiable example. However, the fact that the US has not had another attack like the one of 9/11 is indisputable.
People seem to forget that during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln suspended Habeas Corpus. This resulted in the limiting of judicial recourse during a time of war.
During WWII, President Roosevelt had 120,000 Japanese nationals and Japanese-Americans forcibly put into internment camps that covered most of the western US. These people, forced to live in barbed-wire enclosed communities simply because of their ethnicity, were not charged and were held at the will of the government.
By 1945, the US government shut down the internment camps and released the occupants.
Yet, in the seven years since 9/11, the Bush Administration has not done anything close to what President Roosevelt did, via executive order, during WWII. There are no Islamic internment camps or mass arrests of those with Arabic-sounding names. The government has not shut down Mosques or jailed members of Arab interest groups.
According to the Yahoo.com article, the Bush Administration and the Democrat-controlled congress passed legislation earlier this year that shielded US telecommunication firms from lawsuits in exchange for helping the government monitor suspected terrorist activity.